Ruben Rosthenhausler

From humorous impersonations of a famous actor to developing and writing an hour-long play, Ruben Rosthenhausler is but steps away from having his play performed at the Capital Fringe Festival.

Capital Fringe is a non-profit organization that puts on a yearly festival where local and regional artists can display their performance art masterpieces. The organization emphasizes the importance of the local art community and helps prepare artists to become independent producers.

Writing a play was not at the forefront of Rosthenhausler’s mind until a few years ago. Having grown up in Tucson, Rosthenhausler became a part of the Arizona Rose Theatre, a community theatre that has held performances for the last 27 years.

Rosthenhausler joined the theatre at a young age and quickly found a passion for theatrical arts. What once was merely a suggestion from his mom has now turned into an almost 30-year experience for Rosthenhausler.

Almost eight years ago Rosthenhausler recounts seeing a movie with Christopher Walken in it - an Oscar winner for best supporting actor. After seeing the movie, Rosthenhausler went to the Rose

Theatre and for the majority of the day impersonated Walken. Though Rosthenhausler admits the impersonations weren’t very good it sparked an idea inside of him.

“I thought it would be funny if there was a Christopher Walken club,” said Rosthenhausler. “I just always had it in the back of my mind. So I’ve just been dabbling and writing.”

After numerous rewrites, Ruben submitted his piece “Walken in His Shoes” to the Rose Theatre. The comedy tells the story of four men who are passionate Walken fans and decide to form a club. That club is soon disrupted when a female wants to join. Throughout the play the audience saw humorous interactions between all the actors as well as the First Annual Walken in His Shoes Pageant.

With such support from the local community, Rosthenhausler submitted the piece to the Capital Fringe Festival and got accepted. The festival will take place July 10 through July 20 and a crew and cast of 12 people will go to Washington D.C. To attend the festival, they must raise $9,800 by June 2.

Donations can be given at walkeninhisshoes.com.

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